Last month was the perfect time. Every year Camp Fire holds an art competition with a different theme each year. This year the theme is fiber. So, felting is perfect for them!
Before I could do any dying, I needed to wash the fleece. It still had hay, dirt, and sticks in it. Since I know absolutely nothing about cleaning wool fleece I turned to Google to help me find some tutorials on washing. There are a number of tutorials out there. I ended up washing the fleece, after picking out the big pieces of hay and sticks, in the kitchen sink with shampoo.
Thankfully it was a fairly sunny day with minimal wind, so I took my drying rack outside and hung the soggy fleece out to dry.
I then took over the kitchen and got to work dying most of the fleece. This time drying in the bathtub.
I used 4 different types of fabric dye - powdered Rit, liquid Rit, Jacquard iDye and Dylon. Because out group is made up of mostly girls I did way more pinks and purples. I also left some fleece natural colors so they could use it as the outside of their rocks.
I will say that the Jacquard and Dylon dyes worked much better then the RIT.
The washing and dying process took me the better part of an entire day!
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of they felting process. The tutorial on Living Crafts has a lot of great pictures on the process, which is pretty simple. You start with a small ball of roving and continually wrap different colors of roving around the center until you get a wad of wool about the size of an orange or even grapefruit.